Live line consulting project in Pakistan. Below are photos of a 132 KV suspension tower insulator replacement.
Many international utilities when first embarking on the concept of Live Line Maintenance put together a random tool list that they collect from various manufacturer’s internet website. They then publish a pubic tender for the supply of these tools. The tools are then purchased.
Do you see any problems with this approach?
Hot line tools manufacturers want to sell tools. When they publish generic tools lists they are a shotgun approach to what a utility might need. Hot Line Tools are getting more and more expensive every day. The quality and reputation of the tools varies form manufacture to manufacturer. In many cases, special tools are required. Who will specify and design these tools?
Using a qualified consultant who understand the tools and the jobs that the customer wants to do will always save money in the long run. The customer will spend less on tools and get what they need.
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